(Closed) photography delimma

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@excited1:  I haven’t been in this situation, but I would go with the one that you can afford or that you feel most comfortable spending the money on. I would just say that while you LOVE her work, you will need to go with a photographer more in your budget and thank her for her time in getting back to you.


Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee

@excited1:  Inasmuch as wedding planning is stressful and causes many a bride to lose her wits, you must remain sensible about things.

1) You don’t want to go over budget.

2) You don’t want your Mother-In-Law to run the show simply because she has money.

3) Always remember that once you start accepting financial help in planning your wedding, you lose some control over the matter.


I recommend going for the affordable photographer, letting your Mother-In-Law know that and hey, you never know- maybe her friend will knock the price off further to please Mother-In-Law (and make some money!)

Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would go with the photographer you can afford on your own.  As others mentioned before me, you don’t want the Mother-In-Law calling the shots because she contributed or hinting at the “huge favour” she provided later down the road.  Also, I think it’s always nicer paying our own way.

I would inform the more expensive photographer by telling them the honest truth.  You appreciate him/her lowering their rates; however, you have decided on a more budget friendly and skilled photographer that enables you to provide the full payment on your own.  I think majority of people would understand. 


Post # 6
7265 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

To me, as a wedding photographer, I personally feel photography is the most important “extra”. That being said, a wedding is not worth going into debt for. If there is a photographer you love just as much but you can afford just tell the other photograhper that. Just email her and say

“Thank you so much for working with us on pricing. We love your work, but unfortunatly, even with the reduced rate it’s still more than we can comfortably spend. We really appriciate your willingness to help us try to get closer to a number we can work with. Thank you so much for your time.”


Post # 7
406 posts
Helper bee

Go with the one you can afford and the above^ email is excellent. You’ll have no fun with photography if the price of it is stressing you out! You might grow to resent it and make it a bad experience. Go with the worry-free lower option. A professional will understand. 

Post # 8
4813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@starfish0116:   +1.  Perfect response.  



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